Kingsley Charles Dunham, who died in Durham at the age of 91 on 5 April 2001, was born in the Dorset village of Sturminster Newton on 2 January 1910, the only child of Ernest Pedder Dunham and his wife Edith Agnes. However, when he was three the family moved to Brancepeth, near Durham, where his father managed the estate, successively as Land Agent to Viscount Boyne and the Duke of Westminster.

His early education was at the village school in Brancepeth, followed by the Durham Johnston School. With strong support and encouragement from his parents, he matriculated well and gained...

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